2022 State of the Science Workshop

Building on Existing Knowledge and Emerging Collaborations 

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About the Workshop

State of the Science Workshop on Wildlife and Offshore Wind Energy

July 26-28, 2022

The third State of the Science Workshop will offer opportunities across a multi-day program to discuss scientific research involving wildlife and offshore wind energy development. We are pleased to announce that the 2022 Workshop will include an open call for symposia and abstracts. 


To enable broad participation, this meeting will have options for both virtual and in-person participation; additional details will be posted as they are confirmed.


NYSERDA is committed to hosting a safe 2022 Workshop. Covid-19 protocols may be found on the Logistics page.

Workgroup Goals

  • Engaging and informing interested stakeholders about the state of knowledge regarding wildlife and offshore wind energy development, including ongoing efforts to understand, minimize, and mitigate environmental impacts

  • Promoting regional coordination by sharing updates on research studies, guidelines development, and other efforts in the eastern U.S. and elsewhere

  • Promoting collaboration through expert information exchange and discussion

2022 Meeting Themes

The overarching theme of the 2022 Workshop is “Building on Existing Knowledge and Emerging Collaborations”. Six subthemes have been selected to showcase a breadth of research relating to offshore wind energy and wildlife in the eastern United States and worldwide:

  • Establishing a baseline: understanding wildlife populations and distributions in the U.S.

  • Risk assessments: approaches and challenges

  • Offshore wind development effects and species/ecosystem responses

  • Minimization and mitigation approaches

  • Cumulative impacts of offshore wind energy development

  • Collaborative processes to improve development and conservation outcomes

Studies on both fixed-foundation and floating offshore wind energy development are welcome. “Wildlife” includes marine mammals, sea turtles, fishes, invertebrates, birds, bats, and benthos; presentations on broader oceanographic and environmental effects of offshore wind energy development are also welcome. 

We plan to open the call for symposia and abstracts shortly. Check back soon for updates or stay up to date by subscribing to our mailing list.

Photo credits: Banner offshore wind farm © Nicholas Doherty;